The next edition of New Education Forum (NEF) was held on October 22, 2020. The 19th NEF was part of the European Forum for New Ideas (EFNI). EFNI is one of the biggest conferences in this part of the continent, dedicated to global trends, new ideas and the future of Europe. Representatives of business, charismatic speakers, leaders and decision makers as well as authorities from the world of culture and science debate during dozens of events, panels, open meetings, counterpoints or night talks about the most important challenges for business and societies in the changing world, global trends and the future shape of the Union.
In the first panel titled “Innovative educational approaches to meet the global challenges of the 21st century. Did Poland miss the runaway train to the EU?” – in the conversation participated:
- Jule HILDMANN, PhD, University of Edinburgh (UK),
- Danuta JAZŁOWIECKA, Senator of the Republic of Poland,
- Agnieszka MAKULEC, Quality Assurance Director, Ecorys Polska,
- Anna WICHA, Adecco Eastern Europe.
The panel addressed issues such as:
- EEA and Norway Grants and European Commission funds – the answer to shortages in formal education?
- global challenges and the challenges of preparing the young generation for the labour market,
- weaknesses of formal education,
- restructuring of education systems in some EU countries.
The fascinating discussion during the European Forum for New Ideas exceeded the time allocated for the panel. The speakers and guests of our panel were unanimous: education needs actions such as those conducted by the Center for Innovative Education! We look to the future with hope that with the support of business our ideas will be realized and promoted more widely.
In the next panel of the 19th edition of the New Education Forum entitled “Belfer or Inspirer? Polish education and the Polish labour market” – participants were:
- Marek Borowski, Food Bank in Olsztyn,
- Zbigniew Canowiecki, President of Pracodawców Pomorza,
- Magdalena Czarzyńska-Jachim, Vice-President of Sopot,
- Eliza Durka, Inspiring Girls Poland Foundation,
- Małgorzata Nowak, Ecorys Polska Sp. z o. o.
The discussion focused on issues related to:
- the shortcomings of formal education,
- Outdoor Learning,
- social competence flows from nature,
- FOLM project (“From Outdoors to Labor Market”).
There were many statements made during the panel that need to be publicized! Marek Borowski, the head of the Food Bank in Olsztyn, emphasized at the very beginning of his speech the enormous role of a teacher who should be a mentor for his students. According to the Inspiring Girls Foundation’s report on girls 10-15: They don’t connect school to the rest of their lives. School is such an abstracted island for them. . . ” Our education system is one that promotes test knowledge and meticulousness: that’s why, among other reasons, good high schools are feminized. There is a lack of systemic support for good relations and innovative methods” added Deputy Mayor of Sopot, Magdalena Czarzyńska-Jachim. Mr Zbigniew Canowiecki enumerated for a long-time what employers who employ young people who left the education system and took up work lack, among others: the lack of soft skills, the lack of simple communication, the lack of knowledge about the world, the lack of self-presentation skills or teamwork. It begs the question #WhatWillTomorrowBe?
The event was very popular. Over 200 people attended the 19th New Education Forum event.